- Title: Haitian Catholics march for political reform as protests spread
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (OCTOBER 22, 2019) (REUTERS) PEOPLE MARCHING AT PROTEST ORGANIZED BY RELIGIOUS GROUPS PRIEST HOLDING ROSARY AT MARCH (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) UNIDENTIFIED HAITIAN PRIEST, SAYING: "I'm here to ask for justice for the country. Too many people are suffering, dying of hunger. We from the church are saying that this must change. That's why we're here this morning." PRIEST AND MARCHERS PEOPLE PRAYING PEOPLE MARCHING PEOPLE PRAYING VARIOUS, CATHEDRAL THAT WAS DESTROYED IN THE 2010 EARTHQUAKE ENTRANCE TO CHURCH BUILT AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE CHURCH CONSTRUCTED AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE LAW SCHOOL BUILDING WHERE 15 STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS UNIVERSITIES ARE TAKING PART IN A HUNGER STRIKE TO PROTEST THE HAITIAN GOVERNMENT LAW SCHOOL VARIOUS, HUNGER STRIKING STUDENTS LYING ON GROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) LAW STUDENT, MACKENSON JEAN, SAYING: "Corruption is like a cancer for society. Repression and injustice are turning into the norm in Haitian society. Because of the problems we face, we students from various universities started this unlimited hunger strike to demand that (President) Jovenel Moise step down." STUDENT ON GROUND ORAL HYDRATION SOLUTION ON DESK HUNGER STRIKING STUDENT LIST OF STUDENT COMPLAINTS
- Embargoed: 6th November 2019 00:54
- Keywords: Haiti protests President Jovenel Moise religious Catholic step down resign
- Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- City: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B26LA2V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: As Haiti entered a sixth week of violent anti-government protests over corruption and economic woes, Catholic leaders held a rare march on Tuesday (October 22) calling for a resolution to the crisis that has paralyzed the country and sweeping political reform.
Thousands joined the peaceful march throughout the capital Port-au-Prince that underscored how more and more sectors of society are rising up against what they view as not only President Jovenel Moise's bad governance but also a broken political system.
Meanwhile, a group of some 15 university students from various Haitian schools lied languidly on a classroom floor as their hunger strike to demand Moise step down entered its tenth day.
"Corruption is like a cancer for society. Repression and injustice are turning into the norm in Haitian society. Because of the problems we face, we students from various universities started this unlimited hunger strike to demand that (President) Jovenel Moise step down," said law student Mackenson Jean.
There have been several waves of protests since Moise took power in February 2017, but this is the longest.
While protesters originally were calling for Moise to fix the country's problems, they have been dismayed by his inaction and are now calling outright for his resignation.
(Production: Robenson Sanon)
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